'Food Deserts' Can Shorten Life Expectancy: Report

Living in a "food desert" — such as a neighborhood on this city's South Side — can have a negative impact on one's health, according to a study of five local areas with no full-service grocery stores that was conducted by researcher Mari Gallagher.

CHICAGO — Living in a "food desert" — such as a neighborhood on this city's South Side — can have a negative impact on one's health, according to a study of five local areas with no full-service grocery stores that was conducted by researcher Mari Gallagher.

As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, adding a supermarket to a neighborhood could, collectively, mean a gain of up to 15 years of life for those suffering from diabetes; 13 years for those with liver disease; 58 years for

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